Bengaluru: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has filed an application with the Tree Officer to clear 324 trees for the construction of Line 6 (underground section) of the Phase II project. Of them, as many as 84 trees will make space for the new Metro station at MG Road that will be integrated with the existing station.
“The application is placed before the Tree Expert Committee for opinion and approval is sought from the Committee,” the monthly newsletter of BMRCL, which is uploaded on its website, stated. While the Namma Metro plans to transplant 57 trees, the remaining 265 will be axed.
As 84 trees are identified for felling, the officials are required to hold a public consultation meeting as per the rule. The BMRCL is known for escaping from such discussions by creating separate applications to the Tree Committee for cutting down trees on a particular Metro line.
For example: the BMRCL had prepared as many as eight applications to cut down over 210 trees on the RV Road – Bommasandra Metro line only to avoid public consultation. As per the High Court Order, the Namma Metro is required to call for a public consultation if a particular stretch requires felling of more than 49 trees.
In the past, officials had held consultation meetings before cutting down trees on Kanakapura Road as well as Lakshman Rau Boulevard on RV Road. While the design of RV Road Metro station was changed to protect the Boulevard, the meeting at Kanakapura road had ended up abruptly.
684 trees for Phase II
A total of 684 trees has been either cut or identified for felling to make way for the 72-km Phase II project. Of them, 222 trees come under the Schedule B category and do not require permission from the tree committee.
“A total of 577 trees are transplanted and 107 trees are cut,” the BMRCL said, citing data as on September 2029. “On behalf of BMRCL, BBMP in coordination with the Forest Department has planted 8000 Nos of saplings. For this BMRCL has deposited an amount of Rs 63.37 Lakhs to BBMP.”